Join the Friends of the Robbins Library for Sunday Afternoon Music at the Robbins with Fellswater, Boston’s dynamic Celtic music ensemble, on Sunday, Feb. 1, at 3 p.m.
The group plays a wide range of Celtic music, from traditional to modern compositions. The instrumentation changes depending on the music selection and includes whistle, Irish flute, guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, violin, smallpipes and border pipes.
For more information about the group, see www.fellswater.com.
Ed Foley and the Arlington High School Quiz Team have made it to the next round of WGBH "High School Quiz Show." They will compete against Newton North High School on Sunday, Feb. 1, at the studios of WGBH, for broadcast later.
Matthew Janger, principal at AHS, wrote Friday, Jan. 30: "I encourage everyone – teachers, students, and parents – to join the studio audience and cheer on Arlington High School. Tapings are a fun activity for families, a great way to support local schools, and an exciting opportunity to see behind-the-scenes at WGBH."
UPDATED, Jan. 31: Will No. 13 bring further luck? We'll see. The Arlington High School boys' basketball team made it 13 in a row to start its current season, trouncing Winchester, 81-56, on Friday, Jan. 30. Senior Miles Robinson had 19 points and 11 rebounds and senior Gabe Adams-Keane scored 19 points to keep the No. 8 Spy Ponders undefeated.
The Spy Ponder girls' team improved to 8-5, beating the Sachems, 54-36, Jan. 30 behind junior Grace Carter, who scored 13 points, had seven steals and six assists.
The Arlington Catholic boys' hoop squad topped Bishop Fenwick, 54-42, on Jan. 30. Junior Edwin Woods scored 14 points for the Cougars (10-2), which clinched a tournament berth.
UPDATED, Jan. 30: Overall, Arlington Town Meeting members come regularly to Town Hall sessions. A review of attendance records kept by the clerk's office from 2012 through 2014 shows that members are present for sessions almost 85 percent of the time.
Yet some members' attendance is far from stellar, leading the moderator to consider what steps can be taken improve matters. Town Meeting in Arlington, operating since 1807, has no law to address no-shows.
OPINION: Absent without voters' leave
The town election is two months away, but who will be on the ballot is being determined now. In the light of this, YourArlington took a closer look at the attendance records of Town Meeting members up for reelection in 2015.
A check of the 83 Town Meeting members whose terms are up in 2015 provides insight about which members come and which do not.
On the one hand, 31 whose seats are up this year had perfect records between 2012 and 2014. Of the 83 individuals up for reelection this year, 52 have less than perfect attendance. The following stand out for lack attendance. Each who responded to a request for comment has reasons:
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Nathaniel Jean-Jacques, a second grader at Thompson Elementary School, passed away on Jan. 23, a post to a school email list reported. He had been in the hospital since Nov. 7, when he became ill and suffered what would be a fatal brain tumor or aneurysm.
As you can imagine, this has been a heartbreaking time for his family and for the staff and community at Thompson.
Nathaniel's family is not able to afford his funeral expenses.
UPDATED, Jan. 26: A chilly drizzle seemed to bring fear to Town Hall -- fear about the future, a fear that planners are trying to manage.
At the end of a two-hour hearing on a draft of the master plan for the town Monday, Jan. 12, the Redevelopment Board decided to postpone a final vote on the draft for two weeks.
Planners received further public comments through Jan. 20 before the board meets for a final vote on the draft plan. That was expected Jan. 26, but a impending blizzard postoned it to Feb. 2.
New comments have been posted to the master-plan section here >>
Town Meeting faces a vote on the plan in the spring.
Twenty speakers expressed their views about the plan, in the works since October 2012, at a Town Hall hearing attended by about 75 people.
In a 3-0 vote to postpone, the board heard a variety concerns, including a number about the lack of time to read the latest version, 212 pages, made public Jan. 5.
The Winchester selectmen are due to meet again to discuss the next steps in the sale of the land around Wright-Locke Farm on Monday, Feb. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the in the Selectmen's Room, second floor, Town Hall.
At the meeting, the board may decide the request-for-proposal process for the sale of the 12.5 acres of land. The farm land is likely to be taken up at around 8 p.m.
The town has received four bids in response to the RFP, ranging from $4.6 to $11 million. Senior staff has reviewed the bids and advised the board that the Wright-Locke Land Trust and one other bidder complied with the submission requirements and that two of the bidders were noncompliant.
An eye-opening TV commercial features nearly 20 Medford High School students who are the collective face of a powerful message, says Neil Osborne, president of the Mystic Valley Area Branch of the NAACP.
The black-and-white commercial called "Statistic" begins with an unexpected opening line. While three African-American young men look directly at the camera, one says, "I am a statistic." He continues with, "I am the one out of three who will go to college."